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BEYOND THE FENCE: Dispossessed — When the land beyond the fence was taken away

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Knee-high by the Fourth of July — the farmers’ philosophy of corn height in predicting a good crop. This particular July eight decades ago indicated a good harvest. Gardens boasted green tomatoes on the vine and fruit dappled neighboring orchards. Vineyard grapes were thriving.

Housewives gathered berries for jams and pies outdoors as they bellowed to their children who were running the rolling acreage with yelping dogs in tow. Free range chickens pecked at unseen farmyard tidbits within lush green grasses, strutting unperturbed. Later, many chickens from various coops would be loaded up for buyers far and wide. These would travel via the Lehigh Valley Railroad; but for now, the horses were being harnessed by the men to wagon eggs, dairy, and homemade products to the local market. Money and resources were scarce, and time was of the essence to make ends meet while awaiting crops to ripen, promising yet another payday.


© Finger Lakes Times

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